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All users are expected to adhere to the policies of the Hypothetical Hurricanes Wiki while editing on the Hypothetical Hurricanes Wiki. If you disagree with any policy, feel free to discuss changes on the forum. We also expect you adhere to FANDOM's Terms of Use.

Please, note; we comply with COPPA, and if any users who are 12 years old and below reveal their age, they will be blocked. We don't ask for personal information.

User block policy

Banished users

A banished user is a user who may never return to as well as contribute to the Hypothetical Hurricanes Wiki for an indefinite amount of time. This is usually only done when the user has been a long time abuser of multiple accounts (sockpuppets). The user will not be unbanished until at least 1.5 - 2 years have passed and the user requests it to be reconsidered.

Infinite/indefinite blocks

Infinite and indefinite blocks are ones where the block's length of term has been set to 'infinite' or 'indefinite' by the admin placing the block. Indefinite blocks are used to prevent a specific account from editing until further notice or until a fixed ban date is set, while infinite blocks are used to prevent a specific account from editing permanently.

Range blocks

Sometimes users with dynamic IP addresses may attack the wiki. In such cases, it is best to range block their IP address so even when changing their IP they still can't edit. For more information, see mw:Help:Range blocks.


Special:Blocklist contains a list of all currently blocked users and IPs. Admins will see a link to unblock next to each user. After clicking this, admins should type in the reason that they are unblocking the user and then click the Unblock this address button.

Additional admin guidelines

  • Revert and block simple spam and vandalism. If it clearly doesn’t belong here, make it go away. Remember to erase auto-deletion summaries. If it looks like a user needs to be banned globally, report the situation to a member of the VSTF.
  • Be fair. Consider situations carefully before acting on them. If a user makes an honest mistake, give them the opportunity to learn and improve.
  • Encourage participation. Be friendly and welcoming to members, help them get to know the Hypothetical Hurricanes Wiki, and support their interactions.
  • Keep things structured, but not too structured. Do your best to support and maintain the goals and organization of the wiki, but be flexible about growth and change.

Hypothetical Hurricanes Wiki rules

Main policies

  1. No cursing. Offensive words (and offensive images) will not be allowed.
  2. Bullying, personal attacks, harassment, and other forms of misconduct are prohibited.
  3. No spamming on pages! If you are unclear as to what spamming is, please ask an Admin. All types of chat spam are permitted with the exception of vulgar or inappropriate spam (in Discord, spamming is allowed only in the #spam-in-general channel). Spamming will cease at its own discretion, or when two or more staff members agree that it should conclude.
  4. All users are entitled to their opinions, provided they are stated in a polite manner.
  5. If you dislike a page, do not view it.
  6. Don't make an irrelevant page that is not related to this website's topic.
  7. If you want to request a page's deletion, insert the {{Delete}} template on the top of the page, then contact an admin about it.
  8. Do not write false or inappropriate information on a page.
  9. Profanity, vulgarity, and otherwise inappropriate language will not be tolerated.
  10. Edits such as, taking periods off pages and putting back on, adding extra punctuation, taking off info and putting back on, or adding the same info in different ways, are considered unacceptable edits.
  11. Removing content based on your dislike of any topic will be considered vandalism and action will be taken against the concerned user unless the user the page belongs to gave you permission to edit.
  12. Trolling. Don't feed the trolls and make sure to report them to an administrator (or bureaucrat).
  13. User pages are only to be edited by the user. You can only edit their user page if you are correcting their spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
  14. Please keep personal information to yourself. This includes your age, email, school, address and phone number.
  15. Inserting sexually explicit content and pictures are prohibited!
  16. Not reading the rules isn't an excuse.
  17. Do not mess with templates or remove them from pages
  18. Have fun on the wiki! The Hypothetical Hurricanes Wiki community is happy to have you here. We look forward to seeing you around!
  19. Do not remove "warning" or "blocked" messages from your wall.
  20. Do not harass the admins in any way, shape, or form.
  21. Users who consistently request rights, be it on chat or on an Administrator's message wall, will not receive said rights.  Users who fail to listen will be blacklisted from user rights at the discretion of the Administrators.
  22. Users that are not chat moderators or higher should not minimod - that is, enforce the chat rules.
  23. Users are discouraged from creating multiple accounts, otherwise known as sockpuppets. Users are permitted to have alternate accounts, provided the admins are informed prior to the account's creation and are used to the wiki's benefit. However, sockpuppeting for any other reason warrants a block depending on the severity of the offense.
  24. Staff members may be nominated for promotion/demotion only at the discretion of the administrators and bureaucrats. In addition, please refrain from making "jokes" about rights, promotions, and demotions if they are not in your control. 
  25. Users are not allowed to edit pages not created by themselves without permission, with the exception of free-editing seasons, spelling, grammar or page organization edits.
  26. Jokes are not an excuse to break the policies.
  27. Please do not advocate the death of another user. Things like "I wish User X was dead", "User Y is in the path of the storm and will die", "The storm killed 10 people (including user Z)" will not be tolerated. The section that states that will be removed, and the user will receive a reminder or warning, depending on the case.
  28. Use clear and descriptive file names, without being excessively long, while avoiding generic, non-specific file names. "Chan-hom 2015-07-08 0425Z.jpg", for example, is better than "Image01.jpg" or "DSC0001.JPG".

Forum rules

  1. Be nice and treat people with respect.
  2. No inappropriate language/profanity is allowed (unless censored).
  3. Avoid excessively posting multiple posts after your first post.
  4. Don't post comments which are not related to the scope of the thread you are seeing.

Comment rules

  1. No inappropriate language/profanity is acceptable.
  2. No irrelevant comments.
  3. Do not give out personal information.
  4. Do not offend users.
  5. Do not put down users for stating their opinion.
  6. Comments cannot contain inappropriate content.
  7. No form of cyber-bullying will be accepted.
  8. Do not talk about personal life on a page.
  9. Do not post a survey that is not relevant to a page.

Blog post rules

  1. No inappropriate language/profanity.
  2. Do not give out personal information.
  3. Do not offend rules.
  4. Blog posts cannot contain inappropriate content.
  5. Treat the blogger in question and the users commenting on the blog post with respect.

Chat rules

General policies

Chat users agree not to:

  • Harass any other members of the wiki or say something that could put them down
  • Spam or post links with explicit content
  • Troll users
  • Cause unnecessary drama or arguments
  • Ask for personal information (address, password, etc.) of anyone who is uncomfortable giving it out

Other chat policies

Chat moderators may enforce other policies on chat as they see fit. These include but are not limited to:

  • Common sense. If there is something which you know may upset or anger someone, do not do it. If you have any questions, it is always better to ask an admin or moderator before proceeding.
  • Avoid spamming the chat with emoticons which may cause other users' chats (or devices) to lag.
  • Speaking in sentences that people can understand using proper English.
  • Discipline in the chat is as follows. All wiki staff are to adhere the following discipline policy when dealing with misbehaving users in the chat: reminder, warning, last warning, kick, ban.

Appealing bans

If there is contention about a particular chat ban, banned users may reply directly to the ban notice they receive upon being removed from chat. If the issue cannot be fully addressed there, the banned user may post on the administrator's noticeboard explaining the situation and why they feel the ban was unjust.

Voting rules

  1. Your response must have good grammar and be mature.
  2. You must have been an editor on this wiki for one month and have fifty (50) article (mainspace) edits.
  3. You may only vote one time, and you may only vote with the symbols (Symbol support vote - support, Symbol arrow up - neutral leaning support, Symbol neutral vote - neutral, Symbol arrow down - neutral leaning oppose, Symbol oppose vote - oppose).
  4. Please supply a legitimate reason after you cast your vote, reasons that are not legitimate will have your vote be removed.
  5. Votes may not be anonymous. You must have something indicating that your vote was cast by you (i.e., a signature).
  6. HHW Staff may deny any vote for any reason. If your vote gets denied, please do not re-vote or send backlash to any HHW Staff.
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